New model for student accommodation at Royal Holloway, University of London
Underlining student accommodation credentials, Willmott Dixon created a ‘new model for student
accommodation’ at Royal Holloway, University of London, by building rooms for
621 students on its North Campus.
The new halls of residence, called George Eliot, are unique in
that rather than being high-rise or small groups of clustered buildings, the homes
are spread out across 56 individual three and four storey townhouses that provide
a ‘home from home’ for eight or 12 students.
These modern townhouses offer more space for relaxing and
socialising than other Halls, including a lounge area and kitchen. There are
two bathrooms per landing, meaning students share with just one other student.
This is a pioneering scheme for the university. Each self-contained
townhouse gives students a glimpse of living outside university life and allow
them to enjoy being part of university life social and study spaces, receptions
and laundries to encourage interaction and networking. Students are part of a community while also
enjoying their own ‘space’ when needed.
The new accommodation allows Royal Holloway to guarantee
residential places to first year undergraduates.
Michael Berry, Director of Estates at Royal Holloway:
“This is an exciting new model for student accommodation. Townhouses
encourage communal living, with shared facilities and common areas, and our
development among mature trees will include green spaces and sheltered paths
connecting residences to the main campus."
Our work here, delivered on time and budget, forms part of a
masterplan which will develop Royal Holloway’s historic estate into a 21st
century campus that meets the needs of people studying and working at the
Willmott Dixon was procured under Scape Group’s Major Works
framework and we worked with architect Stride Treglown. The project follows
similar schemes our team of university student accommodation construction experts
have delivered. Others include remodelling Mardol House in Shrewsbury to create
student accommodation for the new university and new halls of residence at
Moulton College in Northamptonshire.